Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017

Concurrent Session 1:S16: Observing the north


Chair: David Williams
Many of Australia’s most precious marine natural assets are located in the tropical northern seas. This area spans the iconic Ningaloo Reef in the west to the Great Barrier Reef in the east with the neighbouring Kimberley, Kakadu and Daintree rainforest in between. In addition, it is a region of major economic activities such as mining, agriculture, shipping, fishing, urban development, tourism and recreation. With the Integrated Marine Observing System completing its first decade, and a commensurate development of modelling systems and capability, this is allowing an unprecedented ability to gain an understanding of the coastal and marine environment and the extent to which they can accommodate economic development. For this symposium, we are seeking papers that showcase the available observational data and modelling applications in Australia’s Northern waters and what we are learning from them.

  • Session Details
  • LocationPlayhouse Theatre, Darwin Entertainment Centre
  • Session TimeThursday 6th July 10:30am to 12:30pm


  • Presentations In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
10:30am to 10:50am After a decade, what is new in IMOS? Ana Lara-Lopez S16: Observing the tropical northern waters
10:50am to 11:10am Oceanic drivers of reef heat budgets in northwestern Australia: the role of tides on regional and reef-scales Ryan Lowe S16: Observing the tropical northern waters
11:10am to 11:30am The Darwin National Reference Station: a sentinel for coastal waters in Northern Australia Craig Steinberg S16: Observing the tropical northern waters
11:30am to 11:50am Extreme marine warming across tropical Australia during austral summer 2015-2016 Jessica Benthuysen S16: Observing the tropical northern waters
11:50am to 12:10pm Exploring national-scale fish movements through the IMOS Animal Tracking Facility Michelle Heupel S16: Observing the tropical northern waters



  • PEPs In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
12:10pm to 12:15pm 4 years of observational data from LJCO; an assessment of the bio-optical variability in GBR coastal waters Lesley Clementson PEP Talk
12:15pm to 12:20pm Influence of oceanographic conditions on coastal zooplankton assemblages at three IMOS National Reference Stations in Western Australia Erin McCosker PEP Talk
12:20pm to 12:25pm Integrating models into water quality decisions. Mathieu Mongin PEP Talk
12:25pm to 12:30pm How can herbivores modify ecosystem service delivery in seagrass beds? Abbi Scott PEP Talk